One of my favorite and most influential architectural styles, particularly in the early stages of my career, has been the English Arts and Crafts movement, spanning from 1890 to 1920. A key figure from this movement in America was the Californian architect Bernard Maybeck, whose work I have studied in depth over the years. When I got my first opportunity to work in California, I saw it as the perfect chance to pay homage to this style, which had been sprinkled throughout the Los Angeles valley since the 1920s. Collaborating with the quick-witted and creative Joe Lucas on the interiors, we approached the design from the inside out on a very compact site. We created a funky blend of mid-century fun mixed with old English elements, resulting in a design that perfectly matched the vibrant personalities of our clients.